Aug. 6, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Monday that Ryan Stotland has been hired as the new head coach of the Bulldog women's tennis program.
Stotland becomes the eighth head coach in the history of the program and replaces Simon Thibodeau, who led the Bulldogs for the past eight seasons.
Stotland was the assistant coach Arizona for the last four seasons where he coached five nationally ranked singles players, four nationally ranked doubles teams, posted a 55-37 overall record and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
"We enthusiastically welcome Ryan Stotland to Fresno State to lead our women's tennis program into the new era of the Mountain West," Boeh said. "Ryan's close association with the league as an exceptional player at the University of New Mexico, combined with his proven professionalism, proficiency and integrity at the University of Arizona, makes him extraordinarily qualified to lead our student-athletes off the court, as well as toward the championship level of the Mountain West."
At Arizona, Stotland signed the 11th best recruiting class in the country according to tennisrecruiting.net and developed a freshman into the No. 27-ranked player in the ITA rankings. Each year he led the team to a national ranking, including one year when they began the season unranked and were ranked in the top 30 during the season. The Wildcats were ranked as high as No. 24 during Stotland's time at Arizona.
"I'd like to thank the Fresno State staff and search committee for this wonderful opportunity," said Stotland. "I am looking forward to being a Fresno State Bulldog and to continue the great tradition of Fresno State tennis, which is of very high quality. I am excited to work with these student-athletes and to not only make them into great tennis players, but to also shape them into great people who have a positive impact on the community."
In 2012, Stotland's Wildcats were a perfect 13-0 at home which was the first time in school history the team went undefeated at home. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year at No. 27 in the ITA rankings.
Prior to Arizona, Stotland coached at his alma mater, New Mexico, where he was a graduate assistant and undergraduate assistant from 2005-08. Stotland coached both the men's and women's programs that had winning seasons every year. He also was the Lobo Club Tennis Pro from 2006-08.
During his professional career on the ATP tour from 2005-07, he was ranked in singles and doubles in the world and won five tournaments on tour. He compiled a successful winning percentage and earned ATP singles and doubles points.
Stotland played collegiately for the Lobos where he went from being a walk-on to the No. 1 player on the team. He won two conference championships and is the highest ranked player in UNM history at No. 2 in the NCAA in doubles.
Stotland also garnered the accolade of being UNM's only four-time Mountain West All-Academic honoree, MW Scholar Athlete and ITA Scholar Athlete Honoree in school history.
Stotland graduated magna cum laude and earned a bachelor of business administration as a triple major in accounting, marketing and general management from New Mexico.
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